GOA Slams Bloomberg and Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment
Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry
Gun Owners win key victories, including one before the Supreme Court
Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!
Lawless Obama Shreds More Constitutional Protections for Steel Core 5.45x39 Ammo
Will the New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?
GOA Slams Bloomberg and Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment -- While gun owners dramatically winning the culture war


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Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry -- And ATF makes the import ban on 5.45x39 ammo official



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Gun Owners win key victories, including one before the Supreme Court -- And gunnies say goodbye to a good friend



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Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!



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image GOA Slams Bloomberg and Justice Stevens for their Idiotic Ideas on the 2nd Amendment
image Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry
image Gun Owners win key victories, including one before the Supreme Court
image Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!
image Lawless Obama Shreds More Constitutional Protections for Steel Core 5.45x39 Ammo
image Will the New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?

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Resist

An Open Letter to the People of Connecticut:
How citizens of the Constitution State must resist lawless gun control

“He may be the first person charged under [the] Conn. gun registration law,” reported The Blaze on April 16, 2014.  “But why did police take ‘several’ of his legal guns for ‘safe keeping’?” For...

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Mayor Michael

Michael Bloomberg is late to the party with his anti-gun push

Editor's note: Michael Hammond is the legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. (CNN) -- Like a 3-year-old who thinks he's just discovered the wheel, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is reveling over his startling new...

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Judge Stevens

Gun Groups Slam Stevens' 'Idiotic' Idea to Alter Second Amendment

Gun-rights advocates slammed retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' suggestion to revise the Second Amendment to specify that Americans have the right to bear arms only when serving in militias... Erich Pratt, spokesman for the Gun Owners of America, told Newsmax that the view represented "sour grapes on his part." Pratt...

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Scott Wagner

Tea Party Write-in Candidate Defies the Establishment
-- Trounces Republican and Democrat candidates in state senate race

Earth to the Republican Party:  Ronald Reagan called and he wants his party back. Both Republicans and Democrats alike were stunned when a write-in candidate trounced the establishment picks for their respective parties in a state senate race last week. The Republican...

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Armed thugs meet armed combat veteran (Connecticut)

A National Guard Staff Sergeant found himself in a combat situation at home - in Hartford, Connecticut. The Staff Sergeant deployed twice to Afghanistan with the 102nd Infantry Regiment. Just before 2:30 Saturday morning (April 19, 2014), the Staff Sergeant encountered two cars blocking the road he was driving on. He honked and asked the...

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California Jewelry Store Owner Wins Gunfight With Armed Robber

Many times, the mere presence of a firearm is enough of a deterrent to end a violent crime. However, sometimes a defensive situation does deteriorate into an actual gunfight. This is the situation a jewelry store owner in Antioch, CA found himself in last week. Two armed men attempted to rob the Hardy Nix Jewelry store, but...

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Entire Family Opens Fire on Early Morning Home Invader

You’re going to have a bad day if you’re a home invader and you’re facing a single armed citizen. You’re probably going to have a terrible day if you’re facing an entire armed family. According to WFLA, that’s exactly what happened to one unlucky home invader in Winter Haven, FL, According to WHPD, the suspect was a complete...

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BREAKING: First Defensive Gun Use in Chicago Illinois by Carry Permit Holder!

It has begun in Chicago! The law abiding citizens of Chicago will no longer sit idly by as criminals and thugs take over their city. Here we have the first ever documented defensive gun use in Chicago by a carry permit holder! According to The Chicago Tribune, a 53 year old man legally used deadly force to defend...

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DA finds fatal shooting justified

Kyle Ford was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Joshua Pride Salyer, the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office has ruled. Ford, 30, told officers that he shot a man, later identified as Salyer, after Salyer and two other men came toward him in an aggressive manner. Ford said his next-door neighbor had knocked on his door, asking for...

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America's Foolish European Wannabes

America's Foolish European Wannabes
by
Ben Shapiro
As published at Townhall.com

According to ABC News, 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may have recently called his moderate-right credentials into question. "McCain has tapped a controversial academic to be a member of his virtual 'kitchen cabinet,'" ABCNews.com noted. That academic -- Niall Ferguson of Harvard University -- is, according to David Weigel of Reason magazine, a "foaming-at-the-mouth 'national greatness conservative.'" This academic has presented, according to Priyamvada Gopal of Cambridge University in Britain, an "aggressive rewriting of history, driven by the messianic fantasies of the American right."

Who is this dastardly intellectual twisting the liberal media's beloved "Maverick" McCain into a burgeoning Caesar? Ferguson is a prominent historian who believes that the British Empire brought a great deal of good to the world through its colonialism. More controversially, he believes that America is an empire. "It is an empire in denial," Ferguson writes in his book Empire. "Perhaps the reality is that the Americans have taken [the role of the old British Empire] without yet facing the fact that an empire comes with it."

Ferguson's statements seem almost tautological. In economic and military terms, America is clearly an empire. Yet those on the left shy away from the idea of an American empire, uncomfortable with the dictatorial and colonialist connotations of the term. Few members of the right think America's global dominance is a bad thing, and those who do, like Pat Buchanan or the old-style libertarians, are hardly in the mainstream. The American left, however, believes that as American power grows, so too does global hardship. Conservative foreign policy philosophy can be summed up with the phrase, "What is good for America is good for the world." Liberal foreign policy philosophy can be summed up with the phrase, "Shut up, you ethnocentrist bigot!"

American liberalism is an offshoot of European leftism, and European leftism is a 20th-century reaction to European hegemony over the past five centuries. European leftism sprung from the embers of a dying empire; Britain's self-loathing and breast-beating over its colonialist history only became an issue after British power had dissipated. Self-flagellation is a luxury only empires of the past can afford; it is also a useful tactic for past empires now fearing retaliation. More than anything, however, the Europeans rely on the strength of America to protect them against their past discretions. They can apologize for their ideals without consequence, since America will shield them from their Third World-assisted suicide. Europe can retreat to the international Green Acres Retirement Community and murmur softly over its bloody hands. America will foot the bill.

The American left wishes to practice the post-hegemonic multiculturalism of the Europeans and skip over the centuries of empire, which it sees as inherently exploitative and evil. This ignores three crucial facts. First, European multiculturalism is inherently flawed. Europe's colonialist history does not excuse the evils of other cultures, nor does it negate Europe's legacy of reason and liberty, which came to fruition in America. Second, America has no choice in the matter of empire; we cannot decline the honor. Doing so would entail abandoning our economic system and our Judeo-Christian values -- our raison d'etre. Third, no one will pay for our Green Acres retirement package. There is no global community willing to allow countries to live peacefully on their pensions. A weak country in the absence of a protector is a country on the verge of extinction. America has no protector. The Europeans are content in their decadence. We and we alone are the last pillar of Western civilization.

America is not an empire of the past. It is today's empire, and it is far stronger than any empire in modern history. America cannot rely on any other empire to protect it; it must protect itself. And America cannot maintain its global status if the American left insists on viewing America as just another country, no better and sometimes worse than any other. America cannot maintain her power, and by extension her safety, if the American left spends its time pushing for America to apologize for its own principles.

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